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Jennifer McCauley

Jennifer Maritza McCauley, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3372
Office: B2617.07


Jennifer Maritza McCauley teaches literature and creative writing in the Literature program. She received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in prose, and awards from Best of the Net, Independent Publisher Book Awards, and Academy of American Poets. She also received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention.

Jennifer received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida International University and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri. She is presently a fiction editor at the literary journal Pleiades and was formerly a contest editor and poetry editor at The Missouri Review. Her cross-genre collection SCAR ON/SCAR OFF (2017) was released on Stalking Horse Press.

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

• Creative writing
• Poetry, fiction, non-fiction
• Hybrid forms
• African American literature
• 20th and 21st century American literature
• Afro-Latinx/Latin American literature
• Latinx/Latin American literature


  • SCAR ON/SCAR OFF. Stalking Horse Press. October 2017. (Book)  
  • “Lost in Montjuïc, After Losing” “Descansar.” Zone 3, Austin Peay State University. May 2020. 
  • “Fore-Mothers.” Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora, Illinois State University. January 2021. 
  • “Mama Diaspora,” “Help I’m Fine!” Columbia Journal, Columbia University. February 2020.   
  • “Afro-Colossus.” The Breakbeat Poets Anthology Volume 4: LatiNEXT, Haymarket Books. April 2020.  
  • “Blackout/Apagón.” Puerto Rico en mi corazón, Anomalous Press. August 2019.   
  • “Torsion.” Vassar Review, Vassar College. May 2017.  
  • “Loriella is Dead.” Academy of American Poets/ (republished) and Puerto del Sol, New Mexico State University. March 2017 
  • “Baby Dolls.” The Los Angeles Review. March 2017.   
  • “But There is Also Rosa.” Passages North, Northern Michigan University. January 2017.  

Courses (Current Academic Year)

  • Creative Writing
  • American Literature
  • World/Multicultural Literature
  • Literature and Experience
  • American Immigrant Literature
  • American Minority Literature

Research Projects

Jennifer is a multi-genre writer and considers hybrid forms, short stories, historical fiction, personal narratives and lyric essays a special creative home. Her creative and critical projects currently center on Black women during the American Reconstruction Era, Black Puerto Rican transnational exchanges, and the Afro-Puerto Rican experience in the United States.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • National Endowment for the Arts fellowship
  • Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Academy of American Poets
  • Pushcart Prize Special Mention